Governance, Accountability, and Democratic Legitimacy

  • Jon Pierre
  • B. Guy Peters


The past decade or so has witnessed an extensive debate concerning what is believed to be important changes in the processes and instruments with which the contemporary state governs society. As we discussed in Chapter 2, the debate features a wide range of different theories and perspectives on governance and the role of government in that process (Pierre, 2000). One of the main issues has been the capacity of the state to govern society in an era when the state is cutting back at the same time as the external environment of the state is becoming increasingly complex. Alongside this discussion there has also been a debate on how to conceptualize and understand the new forms of governance we have seen emerge during the 1980s and 1990s (Pierre, 2000).


Public Sector Political Institution Democratic Legitimacy Political Accountability Administrative Reform 
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© Jon Pierre and B. Guy Peters 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jon Pierre
    • 1
  • B. Guy Peters
    • 2
  1. 1.University of GothenburgSweden
  2. 2.University of PittsburghUSA

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